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KU ranks 18th among public law schools for employment at nation's largest firms

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2017 KU Law graduate at career fair

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law ranks in the top 25 percent of law schools sending graduates to the nation’s largest law firms, according to the National Law Journal’s annual report on “Go-To Law Schools.”

KU ranked 18th among public law schools and 50th overall in percentage of new graduates hired at the 100 largest law firms in the country – with 8 percent of graduates in the class of 2017 joining those firms as associates.

“The quality and affordability of a KU law degree make it possible for our graduates to pursue whatever career feeds their passions. Some choose the 'Big Law' route. Others take small-firm, business, government and public interest jobs, or serve as judicial clerks,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “The fact that our students pay the lowest tuition among all schools in a ranking that focuses on landing employment at the nation’s largest firms, and with some of the highest starting salaries, underscores the incredible value of a KU Law education.”

KU has the lowest tuition among schools in the report, with students paying nearly $46,000 less per year than students at the most expensive school on the list.

The National Law Journal ranked the top 50 law schools by the percentage of 2017 law school graduates who took associate positions at the largest 100 firms. It also compared how each law school’s cost compares to its large firm hiring record.

The National Law Journal surveys the country’s largest law firms about which schools produced their new class of associates. The rankings are not based on data reported by law schools.